National Sports Festival Not Postponed Indefinitely- Minister

Joel Ajayi

News reports to the effect that the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival has been postponed indefinitely is false and unfounded as the Ministry has not made a final decision.

A statement by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development   Media office clarified that consultations were ongoing between the Ministry, the Edo State Government, the PTF on Covid-19, and the National Council on Sports to decide on a new date to host the Festival.

“Like we did by consulting with the  PTF on Covid-19 when we lifted the ban on non – contact sports and later contact sports,  discussions are ongoing to decide on a new date for the Festival. The fake news that the Festival  has been postponed indefinitely must have emanated  from a false source.”

The statement further stated “We are considering a staggered  Festival spanning several weeks and Athletes batched, no fans and strict adherence to the Covid-19  protocol. While we are committed to holding the Festival, we do not want to endanger the lives of athletes and officials. Be rest assured that a decision would be taken in line with the Government’s  guidelines in the best interest of  the common good of our sports  and the athletes ”

The  National  Sports Festival  which was  earlier  scheduled to hold in March  in Benin City, Edo State was postponed  due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic  which also affected social, economic  activities

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